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Emergency assistance to control the outbreak of locusts in the affected communities in Timor-Leste

Emergency assistance to control the outbreak of locusts in the affected communities in Timor-Leste

Full title of the project:

Emergency assistance to control the outbreak of locusts in the affected communities in Timor-Leste

Target areas:

Bobonaro, Liquiça, Covalima and Ermera districts.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 209 516
AUD 220 000
Implementation:
20/06/2007-31/12/2009
Project code:
OSRO/TIM/706/AUL
Objective:

To control the locust outbreak, limit crop losses and reduce the potential damage for the next cropping season.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), non-governmental organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

The entire population in the districts of Bobonaro, Ermera, Covalima and Liquiça can be considered as project beneficiaries.

Activities implemented:
  • Established regular locust monitoring procedures to strengthen capacity building, and supported aerial locust survey and control operations.
  • Developed a landholder pest report form and a locust situation database.
  • Supported rapid response assessments and timely inspection of reports of infestations or invasive movements from West Timor.
  • Provided equipment to locust control unit within MAFF to support surveys, monitoring and reporting activities.
  • Prepared a contingency plan in case of future locust emergencies.
  • Provided one week of training to 21 MAFF staff members and a training-of- trainers course for 12 MAFF extension officers.
  • Organized the first technical workshop to facilitate cross-border cooperation attended by senior staff at all levels (20 staff each from Indonesia and Timor-Leste).
Impact:
  • The locust control programme successfully controlled the locust outbreak on over 7 000 ha in four western districts of Timor-Leste.
  • An estimated 8 000 farming households were able to replant their rice crops to restore seasonal food production and lower the risk of food insecurity.
  • The project strengthened MAFF’s capacity in ground and aerial locust survey and control activities.
  • Technical Working Group with a focus on migratory locust issues was established, and a detailed plan of action was agreed upon with the Government.